Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Youtube adds a new feature: face blurring

This week it was announced that Youtube is now one of the main news sources in the world. Recognising this, Youtube blog today announced the addition of another tool to its video enhancement: face blurring. This, Youtube says, is to 'protect identity' and meet the requirement of human rights organisations.

Youtube is the first to offer this tool '
that allows you to obscure faces within videos with the click of a button.'
Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube.
To do this, go to Additional Features and click 'Apply' as you see in the image. You will see a preview before you publish the video. After this is done, you can either delete or keep the original copy.

However, Google is quick to add that the tool may not work perfectly as 'this is emerging technology, which means it sometimes has difficulty detecting faces depending on the angle, lighting, obstructions and video quality.' So Youtube suggests that if you are not happy with the result, it's better not to publish your video to the public. 

Face blurring